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Friday, April 22, 2005

Save € in Rome This Summer

Although the weak dollar doesn't seem to be holding many Italophiles back from visiting Italy this summer, a popular topic in the travel media is how to save money in Europe this summer. Christopher Elliott wrote this piece for U.S. News and World Report. Here's his advice on Rome, including some advice from yours truly:

When in Rome, sleep like a nun. A room with two beds at the Casa D'Accoglienza S. Spirito convent is about $52 a night. But no late nights--curfew is 11 p.m. A list of convents with rooms to let is at santasusanna.org/comingToRome/convents.html. And when you fly in, don't hail a taxi to the center of town--it's a staggering $80. The airport train, says Lisa Byrne, manager of the travel website italyperfect.com, is $13. Another rail deal is TrenOK, a train patterned after bargain airlines. Rome to Milan is 9 euros one way (www.trenok.com) . For frugal shoppers, Kathy McCabe, editor of dreamofitaly.com, a travel newsletter, recommends one of the new outlet malls. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet (www.mcarthurglen.it) , about 45 minutes from Rome, discounts Dolce & Gabbana and Bruno Magli. And don't forget, Vatican museums are free the last Sunday of the month.

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